Royal Mencap Society

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. 

Royal Mencap Society Long Eaton, Nottingham, UK
Mar 22, 2018
Volunteer
Volunteering doesn't stop at 5pm! Gig Buddies is Mencap's exciting new befriending scheme for adults with a learning disability to access evening and nightlife activities.  In this role: You will be buddying up with an adult who has a learning disability to take part in enjoying attending evening and night life events together You will choose events with your buddy that you would both like to attend You will be able to commit to a day of training, and then to meet up with your buddy twice a month for a year You will be willing to travel to different venues to enjoy nightlife events together and choose different social outings based on your shared interests You will be ensuring that your buddy is enabled to live an active social life and make their own choices about how they spend their social time Gig Buddies is a volunteer befriending scheme for adults with a learning disability, matching them with a volunteer who shares the same interests. Gig Buddies recognises that many people with learning disabilities don’t have many people in their lives who aren’t paid to be there, many opportunities to access evening or night life activities or much support that is based around a genuine shared interest. Gig Buddies was born out of the music scene in Brighton by the Charity Stay Up Late, but has evolved to be more than just about access to live music; Gig Buddies pairs can decide what their ‘Gig’ is and seek out opportunities to go to the pub, cinema, theatre or club night in the area. The aim of the project is therefore to support people to develop new social circles and informal support networks. The act of volunteering while you’re doing something you already enjoy also makes the act of volunteering easier, more sustainable and for both parties is based on having fun and making friends. Benefits -  What you can expect: Relevant training Induction to the service and volunteer role To feel fully supported in my role Agreed out-of-pocket expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel) The chance to extend my knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector The chance to take on a new challenge and make a difference to people’s lives The opportunity to support someone with a learning disability to live a life like anyone else and make choices about how you spend social time together To feel appreciated and valued for my contribution The chance to gain experience and boost your confidence in a community setting References after 6 months of volunteering for future employment or volunteering opportunities
Royal Mencap Society Nottingham, UK
Mar 22, 2018
Volunteer
Volunteering doesn't stop at 5pm! Gig Buddies is Mencap's exciting new befriending scheme for adults with a learning disability to access evening and nightlife activities.  In this role: You will be buddying up with an adult who has a learning disability to take part in enjoying attending evening and night life events together You will choose events with your buddy that you would both like to attend You will be able to commit to a day of training, and then to meet up with your buddy twice a month for a year You will be willing to travel to different venues to enjoy nightlife events together and choose different social outings based on your shared interests You will be ensuring that your buddy is enabled to live an active social life and make their own choices about how they spend their social time Gig Buddies is a volunteer befriending scheme for adults with a learning disability, matching them with a volunteer who shares the same interests. Gig Buddies recognises that many people with learning disabilities don’t have many people in their lives who aren’t paid to be there, many opportunities to access evening or night life activities or much support that is based around a genuine shared interest. Gig Buddies was born out of the music scene in Brighton by the Charity Stay Up Late, but has evolved to be more than just about access to live music; Gig Buddies pairs can decide what their ‘Gig’ is and seek out opportunities to go to the pub, cinema, theatre or club night in the area. The aim of the project is therefore to support people to develop new social circles and informal support networks. The act of volunteering while you’re doing something you already enjoy also makes the act of volunteering easier, more sustainable and for both parties is based on having fun and making friends. Benefits -  What you can expect: Relevant training Induction to the service and volunteer role To feel fully supported in my role Agreed out-of-pocket expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel) The chance to extend my knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector The chance to take on a new challenge and make a difference to people’s lives The opportunity to support someone with a learning disability to live a life like anyone else and make choices about how you spend social time together To feel appreciated and valued for my contribution The chance to gain experience and boost your confidence in a community setting References after 6 months of volunteering for future employment or volunteering opportunities
Royal Mencap Society Bourne, UK
Mar 21, 2018
Volunteer
We are a friendly and very busy team, sometimes we just don’t get time to stop and write up what we do, we would like to show off our work to the public You will support us to gather stories in, write them up and use your creativity to display the stories on our walls. Our office is open Monday to Friday 9-5 and so we can be very flexible with times you would like to offer. Please click on the Role Profile tab at the bottom of this page for more information about the role.  Benefits: Relevant training Induction to the service and volunteer role A settling in period to make sure this is the right role for you To feel fully supported in your role Agreed out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed (e.g. travel and activity costs within agreed limits) The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a diverse team The opportunity to learn new skills To feel appreciated and valued for my contribution Volunteer DBS certificates are free
Royal Mencap Society Boston, UK
Mar 21, 2018
Volunteer
We support a 39 year old man with a learning disability in Mencap’s shared house in Boston who loves the band OASIS and trips to the cinema . He is a huge oasis fan and enjoys speaking about them, and listening to their music.   In addition to this he loves going to the cinema to watch all the latest films.   As a volunteer we would hope you share these interests   You could be giving the opportunity to pursue his interests and spend time together.   As a volunteer, you would not need to be a music or film expert, but if you share these interests then you can make a big difference ! We are looking for someone who can spend 3-4 hours per month this may be at weekends or evening depending on the activity and film times. What skills do I need? Friendly and approachable Reliable and patient Interested in others Accepting of others who might be different to yourself Willing to volunteer within guidelines and to take direction where necessary Good communication and listening skills  
Royal Mencap Society Scarborough, UK
Mar 09, 2018
Volunteer
What will I be doing in this role? In this role you will be supporting one of our beneficiaries in Scarborough.  The lady is elderly and lives in a large care home.  She is supported within the care home and we are looking for a volunteer to go and visit her, to check in and help reduce social isolation often felt by the elderly.    Visits initially would involve going and visiting to have a cup of tea and chat to build up trust and familiarity. What skills do I need for this role?   Friendly and approachable Experience of working with people with dementia would be beneficial. Reliable and patient Interested in others Able to use initiative and work autonomously Accepting of others who might be different to yourself Willing to volunteer within guidelines and to take direction where necessary Good communication and listening skills   What days and times do I need to be available?   This is a flexible volunteer role, we ask that you make a minimum of 6 visits per year.  This is once every 8 weeks. Visits can range from between 1hr – 2 hrs.   What can I expect from Mencap?   Relevant training Induction to the service and volunteer role A settling in period to make sure this is the right role for you To feel fully supported in your role Agreed out-of-pocket expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel) The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a diverse team The opportunity to learn new skills To feel appreciated and valued for my contribution
Royal Mencap Society Heaton Park, Middleton Rd, Manchester, UK
Mar 09, 2018
Volunteer
Run Heaton Park is an 5km and 10km run taking place on 13th May 2018, it is open to runners of all ages and abilities. There will be a 1km children’s run taking place first that families can do together and we will have 400 runners taking part overall.   It is the first time Mencap has had a run in Manchester’s Heaton Park so it’s a great opportunity to get involved and help make it a huge success! We need you there to give directions to the runners, hand out water, wave flags, cheer and make lots of noise to keep our fantastic participants going! Once they’re finished we’ll need you to help hand out medals and give thanks on behalf of Mencap. Mencap Run Heaton Park is on Sunday the 13th May 2018, we will need volunteers at the park from 8am until to 12pm. What skills do I need? Friendly and approachable. Confident and happy to make lots of noise. Reliable and patient. Good communication and listening skills. Benefits: What can I expect from Mencap? Briefing notes A Mencap T-shirt and cheering materials Up to £7.50 out-of-pocket expenses to be reimbursed (e.g. travel) * A chance to meet new people Feel appreciated and valued